Municipal Archives

​DART and the Dallas Transit System, 1971-1987

​Collection 1991-056


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201​
CreatorCity of Dallas
TitleDART and the Dallas Transit System
Quantity1 linear inch
AbstractReports generated by DART and the Dallas Transit System.
LanguageRecords are in English
Scope and Content

Collection consists of reports generated by DART and the Dallas Transit System from 1971 to 1987.  

The Dallas Transit System (DTS) was a publicly owned mass transit service operated by the City of Dallas from 1964 to 1988. DTS was formed when privately owned transportation companies were consolidated.  In addition to municipal bus service, DTS also managed Surface Transportation, Inc., or Surtran.  Formed in 1972, Surtran was a joint venture between the City of Dallas and the City of Fort Worth and was designed to provide a link between D/FW Airport and the two cities. Surtran controlled the exclusive rights to pick-up passengers from D/FW and deliver them to hotels and convention centers in the D/FW area.  In 1981, the City of Fort Worth ended its association with Surtran, leaving Dallas as Surtran's sole municipal support.  ​Due to falling revenues and increased debt, the City of Dallas declined to continue funding Surtran, resulting in its closure.  On October 31, 1985, Surtran ceased operations.   

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) was created in 1983 as a regional replacement for DTS when 58% percent of voters in 14 Dallas County cities cast ballots in favor of a one-cent  local tax to help fund regional transportation.  Revenue from the voter approved funds as well as investment income, fare revenue, and other sources fund the operation and continued development of DART's transit system plan.  DART opened the first modern light rail system in the Southwest in 1996.


The collection is arranged chronologically.


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DART and the Dallas Transit System, 1971-1987 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Material

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Container List

Title, Date
11Dallas Transit System reports, 1971 and 1987​

2Surtran retirement plan, 1977-1979

3Dallas Transit System retirement plan, 1978-1979